Arsenal’s inability to see off their big gun bedfellows has severely hampered their title chances, but after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, beating Tottenham will haul them back into contention for the Premier League crown.
A price of 27/20 says they’ll sink Spurs at White Hart Lane, with their opponents slightly longer at 39/20 and the draw is the outside punt of the trio at 23/10.
With no league win in the white corner of north London since 2007, there’ll be plenty ready to challenge the Gunners’ derby-day favouritism, but a wager on the visitors will prove worthwhile come the final whistle.
Read on for the rationale:
Arsenal may have failed to win any of their last four road games across all competitions, but they still boast the third-best away record in the top-flight.
Only Spurs (29) and Manchester United (27) have collected more points on their travels than Arsene Wenger’s side, while only United, Liverpool and Manchester City have managing to outscore them.
The home record of Tim Sherwood’s side doesn’t compare in stature; they’re seventh in the table based on base camp points amassed, while the 16 goals they’ve plundered in front of their own fans is a total that only three sides in the entire division fail to at least match.
Their shot-shy attack makes an Arsenal clean sheet – a feat they’ve achieved in two meetings with their neighbours already this term – a potential winner at 11/5.
Only once since 1998 have the Gunners failed to rustle a Tottenham net.
That equates to one blank in a staggering 37 meetings and means placing faith in them having at least one cause for celebration in the derby is a pretty safe bet.
Having failed to score in just one of their last eight away matches, they’re hardly struggling for goals at the moment, while five instances of notching at least two at the Lane in their last ten jaunts will breed confidence.
Spurs have portrayed a nasty habit for capitulation in crunch clashes this campaign.
An aggregate score of 11-1 from their two tussles with Man City makes for pretty bad reading, but the narrative gets worse.
Liverpool thumped them 5-0 at home, while Chelsea ran up a 4-0 scoreline in their most recent league outing and Benfica look to have ended their Europa League dreams last time in a comprehensive 3-1 victory.
As far as Spurs’ top-four hopes go, this is a must win, but when the pressure has been on before they’ve buckled in style and Arsenal are in line to be the next benefactors.